The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, which came into force this month, require landlords to fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor, and a carbon monoxide alarm in every room with an open fire or other solid fuel appliance.
Now Stafford Borough Council’s Cabinet has agreed the proposals that could see landlords fined up to £5,000 if they do not comply with the new regulations.
The Council has been carrying out work with private landlords throughout the borough to make them aware of the new rules coming in to force.
Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“The health and wellbeing of our communities is one of our top priorities most responsible landlords already comply with the new requirements and given the low cost of alarms there really is no excuse for putting tenants’ lives at risk by not having them installed.
We don’t want to fine landlords – we just want them to ensure they keep their tenants safe.”
More information for landlords can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/landlord-information-pack. Or contact the Housing Team email@example.com or on 01785 619000
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have some free smoke alarms available for landlords to fit to their properties. Landlords who are interested can contact their helpline on 0800 0241 999.